Trump asked whether the DOJ and the FCC could investigate ‘SNL’ after it mocked him, report says

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President Donald Trump asked advisors and lawyers to look into how “Saturday Night Live” and other late-night shows could be punished after they mocked him, The Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng and Adam Rawnsley reported on Tuesday.

Two sources told the outlet that Trump had asked aides in 2019 to look at what the Federal Communications Commission, US courts, and the Department of Justice could do about “SNL” and other shows, like “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Trump tweeted in March 2019 that he wanted federal agencies to investigate “SNL.”

“It’s truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of ‘the other side,'” he said.

“Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this? There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia!”

The Daily Beast report is the first indication that Trump took further action on the matter.

Sources told the outlet that Trump had to be repeatedly advised that the shows are satire, meaning they’re protected. They added that Trump seemed disappointed that there was no way he could legally challenge them.

This wouldn’t be the first time Trump tried to use federal agencies to pursue personal vendettas while he was in office. Last week, House lawmakers released emails from December showing how the Trump White House had tried to weaponize the DOJ to overturn the 2020 election.